Claire Benninger '17
What does being a Hotelie mean to you?
Being a Hotelie means being a member of one of the most well-connected and integrated communities in the industry. Joining the Hotelie community is not about being a part of a community just for your four years at Cornell; it's about joining a community for a lifetime.
What internship has most impacted your career plans?
My internship at Hersha Hospitality Trust has most impacted my career goals. I met and interacted daily with people who helped me learn, grow, and—ultimately—confirm my passion for the industry.
What is your main Cornell extracurricular activity? Why is it important to you?
I have held multiple roles in my sorority from chief financial officer to a recruitment board member. Throughout my positions, I have gained hands-on experience with money and people management. Through Greek life, I also met some of my closest friends whom I know will remain in my life long after Cornell.
"Being a Hotelie means understanding your place in the both the Hotel School and Cornell networks and becoming a productive member of those communities. A Hotelie recognizes the value of connection and advances the world of hospitality in both his/her personal and professional lives."Read more »
"Thanks to small class sizes and professors' genuine interest in students' holistic development, I was able to find support through faculty in a way that I never had before transferring to Cornell."Read more »
"As a Hotelie, you are part of a tight-knit and extremely passionate group of diverse individuals. When you become a Hotelie, it is not just for your four years at Cornell, but for the rest of your life."Read more »
"The Hotel School has provided me with peers, friends, professors, and mentors who are willing to dedicate their life to serve others. I am nothing but proud to be part of this passionate and devoted community whose members are always there for each other."Read more »
"Through SHA, I have met and become close with students from all over the world. Diversity is an added bonus on top of an already incredible college experience."Read more »